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04/16/2012 05:43 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2012

National Gallery Of Art Taps José Andrés To Remake Garden Café Menu For Joan Miro Exhibition

WASHINGTON -- Chef José Andrés will give the National Gallery of Art's Garden Café a makeover starting in May.

The NGA announced Monday that the acclaimed Spanish chef, who owns D.C. restaurants Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel and Minibar and is the executive producer of the PBS show "Made in Spain," will add some new flavors to the menu at the museum's ground-level restaurant. It's all inspired by artist Joan Miró, who spent his formative years in and around Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia province.

The NGA's "Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape" exhibition, featuring 120 paintings and other work, will start May 6 and will conclude on Aug. 12.

Among Andrés' Miro-inspired menu items is escalivada catalana, a roasted vegetable dish, according to a NGA media advisory.

The Garden Café has been recently featuring the cooking of Fiola chef Fabio Trabocchi, whose Italian menu selections were inspired by the "Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes" exhibition.

Last year, Andrés began a collaboration with the National Archives on America Eats Tavern, a temporary restaurant that set up shop in the restaurant space that once was home to the chef's Café Atlantico, which closed last June.

America Eats Tavern is set to close in July.

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